Emily Carr

PRice Range (Hammer PRice)
$1137 - $2,746,010
1871 - 1945
Painter
Emily Carr
1871 - 1945
Bio

Emily Carr was a painter and writer whose lifelong inspiration was the coastal environment of British Columbia. Her later paintings of the vast Canadian West Coast sky and monumental trees, with their sweeping brushstrokes, demonstrate her continued desire to paint in a "big" way that she felt was in keeping with the expansiveness of her environment.

Carr first studied at the California School of Design in San Francisco from 1890 to 1893 and sketched in the First Nations village of Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island in 1899. Carr travelled to England in 1899, studying in London and at St. Ives in Cornwall. She returned to Canada five years later, first to Victoria and then moved to Vancouver to teach. In 1907 she travelled by ship to Alaska and determined to depict the monumental arts of the First Nations of the West Coast.

In search of a bigger vision of art, she went to France in 1910, where she was introduced to the work of the Fauves, French artists who were dubbed the "wild beasts" for their daring use of bright colours. In 1912 Carr made a six-week painting trip to fifteen First Nations villages along the British Columbia coast. After exhibiting the results in Vancouver, Carr settled in Victoria, where she lived by renting out rooms, growing fruit, breeding dogs, and, later, making pottery and rugs decorated with Native designs to sell to tourists.

In 1927 Carr was invited to participate in the Exhibition of Canadian West Coast Art in Ottawa. The exhibition included thirty-one of her paintings, as well as pottery and rugs. She came east for the opening, and in Toronto met members of the Group of Seven, beginning a lifelong correspondence with Lawren Harris.

After the success of this trip, Carr returned to Victoria and began the most prolific period of her career. She painted Aboriginal subjects until 1931, then took as her principal themes the trees and forests of British Columbia and the coastal skies. In 1937 she suffered a heart attack and devoted much of her time to writing. Her first book, Klee Wyck (1941), received the Governor General's Award for literature in 1942. She had solo exhibitions in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal prior to her death in 1945.

Notable Collections

Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton Art Gallery)
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery Of Nova Scotia
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Carleton University Art Gallery
Glenbow Museum
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Joliette Museum of Art
Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Mendel Art Gallery
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Museum London/London Regional Art Museum
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa Art Gallery
Owens Art Gallery/Museum
Simon Fraser University Collection
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Avg. Bid vs. Low Estimate
170.00%
The percentage above low estimate collectors have bid in the past 5 years.
1 Year Sales Volume
25
The amount of pieces bought in the last year of this artist.
Sell-Through Rate
18.18%
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Total Sales
$43,292,208.00
Avg. Mid Estimate
$89,257.66
Avg. Hammer Price
$126,585.40
Top Price Realized
$2,746,010.00
Solo Shows
4
Group Shows
2
Museum Exhibitions
28
7.5
out of 10
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